Three brothers and another man who stabbed a man to death in Acton following an ongoing dispute have been jailed.
Osvaldo de Carvalho, aged 22, was killed in West Lodge Avenue, W3 on the evening of 24 September 2019.
The four men responsible for his death were sentenced on Thursday 29 April at Croydon Crown Court.
Kamal Sohal, 23 (18.07.97) was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 22 years for murder.
Sukhminder Sohal, 25 (23.10.95) and Michael Sohal, 28 (26.06.92) were both sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 19 years for murder.
This follows a unanimously guilty verdict for murder for each of the brothers at a trial at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday, 16 February 2021.
Antoine George, 24 (11.02.97) was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for manslaughter. He was found guilty on Friday, 12 March at Croydon Crown Court.
The court heard that the four men and Osvaldo had been involved in an ongoing dispute. When Sukhminder and Michael Sohal met Osvaldo and two of his friends in Twyford Gardens that night they called their brother, Kamal, for support and reinforcement.
On receiving this call, Kamal grabbed a large hunting knife which he brazenly brandished as he ran along the Uxbridge Road to the scene from his home nearby.
George, who had also been in the house, went with Kamal to the scene of the dispute.
After his arrival, and following a brief chase, the three in the victim’s group ran from the scene; the two friends heading one way, and Osvaldo running into West Lodge Avenue.
Witnesses described him being chased by a group of men, some armed with knives. They caught up with Osvaldo, surrounded him and stabbed him, and then ran off leaving Osvaldo lying on the ground dying. The three brothers left the scene and returned to Kamal’s address.
George left the area in a car which had been parked on the driveway outside Kamal’s flat.
A post mortem examination revealed that Osvaldo had suffered multiple stab wounds, including a deep wound to his left leg which would have been caused by significant force. The fatal wound was a stab wound to his back which was so deep it nearly passed through his body.
In a bid to cover their tracks, later that evening Michael and Sukhminder set fire to clothes they had been wearing at the time of the stabbing.
An investigation was launched by detectives from the Specialist Crime South Command, under Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall.
It was found that on the day of the murder, George and Sukhminder Sohal went to a shop in Hounslow that sold knives and purchased the weapons used and transported them to Kamal’s flat; however those weapons were never recovered.
It was with the assistance of witnesses and piecing together CCTV that police were able to trace and arrest the suspects, who were subsequently charged with murder.
DCI Tunstall, said: “This is a particularly tragic case which cost the life of a young man. We know there had been previous hostility between these two groups and sadly that culminated in the events that unfolded that evening.
“The Sohal brothers had no qualms about arming themselves and – in Kamal’s case – running down a busy main road waving the weapon around in full view of all those around.
“They then subjected Osvaldo - who had no chance of defending himself - to a brutal and sustained attack. Osvaldo’s family, I hope, can find some comfort to their pain, knowing that his attackers have now been given lengthy prison sentences.
"Knife crime has a huge, terrible impact on our communities and I hope the sentencing today reflects the seriousness with which violence of this kind will be taken, and deters potential offenders from carrying dangerous weapons.
“Reducing violent crime in communities across London continues to be the Met’s top priority. We are working tirelessly – day and night – to take weapons off the street, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe.”
+Karim Azab, 25, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.
Details of those convicted are:
Kamal Sohal (18.07.97), of Uxbridge Road, Acton
Sukhminder Sohal (23.10.95), of Lockwood Road, Southall
Michael Sohal (26.06.92), of Lockwood Road, Southall
Antoine George, (11.02.97) of Greenhill Gardens, Northolt
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